Frequently Asked Questions
How long does it take to obtain my PfCO?
The process takes on average 8 weeks from the start of your PfCO course to receive your PfCO. This timescale depends on a number of factors including amendments needed to your operations manual or whether you need to delay your flight test so that you can train with your drone.
Pre-course reading – 8 hours (estimated)
There is no set time for this as it depends completely on your learning style but we estimate an average of 8 hours pre-course reading. You will be given your pre-course reading material well in advance of your course so you will have plenty of time to prepare.
Ground school (theory course and exam) – 3 days
You will be required to attend 3 days of theory training, with your theory test being held at the end of the 2nd day. On the third day you will be working on your operations manual and flight planning for your practical flight test.
Practical flight assessment – 1 Day
Your practical flight test will be held on the 4th day of the course, weather permitting. It is also possible to delay your flight assessment if you feel that you need more time to practise with your drone.
Operations manual review – 5 days
COPTRZ trainers will review the first draft of your operations manual before you submit to the CAA. In most cases, there is recommended amendments.
Submission to CAA – 28 days
The CAA’s standard turnaround time once they have received your application is 28 days.
Do I need drone insurance before submitting my PfCO?
Yes. The CAA has stipulated that all persons applying for their PfCO or renewing an existing PfCO must have adequate drone insurance in place.
COPTRZ recommend Moonrock as a comprehensive drone insurance provider.
What if I fail my theory test?
Anyone who attends a COPTRZ CAA Course is eligible for a free same day resit of the theory test if you fail up to 2 out of the 6 modules. COPTRZ trainers will provide you with additional training on your failed modules to ensure that you have the best possible chance of passing.
If you fail the resit you will be required to re-attend the ground school.
During the booking process, there is an option to purchase a COPTRZ CAA Course Guarantee for £99 (Incl. VAT) which gives you the option of a complete course resit or refund if you fail to pass.
What if I fail my practical flight assessment?
If you fail your practical flight test then this might mean you require more flying practise before you take your resit. You will be invited to resit the flight test and this will incur a fee of £150.00 ex VAT.
We always advise that in the event you complete your Ground School Training on day 1-2 but feel you need more practice flying your drone before the practical test then you can delay your Flight planning and Flight Test to another time when you feel more confident. This you can do at no extra charge so do think before you fly.
I've passed my CAA course. What's the next step?
Once you have your operations manual signed off by COPTRZ we will issue certificates and instructions on how to apply to the CAA for your PfCO. The CAA fees for initial application are £253 and for a renewal application are £195.
What does an OFQUAL accredited level 4 award mean for me?
COPTRZ are the first NQE (National Qualification Examination) provider of a PfCO (Permission for Commercial Operations) course which will be a registered qualification under OFQUAL (Office of Qualifications and Examinations Regulation) as a Level 4 award.
That means you will receive a vocational qualification recognised across the board by employers in many sectors, representing a standard between an A-level and a degree (ONC/HNC level).